More nForce2: New Boards from Abit, Biostar and MSI

Test Setup

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Basic Hardware
ProcessorAMD Athlon XP 2800+ (2.25 GHz)
RAM2x 256 MB PC3500 CL2, Corsair Micro
Hard DriveIBM DeskStar 60GXP, IC35040, 40 GB, 7.200 rpm, NTFS
Graphics CardAsus V8460, GeForce 4 TI4600, 128 MB
Other Hardware
Network Card3COM 3C905-TX
Drivers & Settings
Graphics DriverDetonator 4 Series Version 30.82
Chipset DrivernVIDIA driver 1.13
DirectX Version8.1
Screen Resolution1024x768x16, 85 HzSPECviewperf : 1280x1024x32, 85 Hz
OSWindows 2000 Professional SP3
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to ’Normal’Benchmark using ’Q3DEMO1’
Unreal Tournament 2003Official Demo
Comanche 4Official Demo
WinACE2.20, best compression, Dictionary 4096 kB
SPECviewperfVersion 7.0, all tests
mpeg4 encodingXmpeg 4.5DivX 5.02 Pro (YV12)Compression/quality : HighestData Rate : 780 kBitFormat : 720x576 Pixel@25 fps150 MB VOB file, no Audio
Sysmark 2002Internet Content Creation
Lame MP3Lame 3.91 MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow !
PCMark 2002Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
3DMark 2001SEDefault Resolution : 1024x768x32

In order to compare the nForce2 boards’ performance to that of the KT400, we took the fastest KT400 motherboard currently available, an Asus A7V8X. You will find its benchmark results in each chart.